Scientific studies from the Israeli University of Haifa show that learning to read Arabic is difficult because the letters are so similar to each other, causing the brain to process different words more slowly. Learning how to write your name is a good place to start. It familiarises you with the Arabic letters, their corresponding sounds and the similarities between Arabic and English. Even if you never continue learning the language, knowing how to write your name in Arabic gives you something to talk about with people from Arab countries.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Liquid glue - clear or coloured
Learn the Arabic alphabet. Look at and pronounce each letter until you associate its sound with its shape. Originally, Arabic and English scripts both come from the same ancient Phoenician alphabet, but the two evolved differently and have little resemblance.
Determine what Arabic letters you need to write your name. Not all English letters have an Arabic equivalent, so you might need to use substitutes. The Arabic alphabet does not have a "p" or "v," for example. If your name has a "p" in it, write the Arabic "b" instead. If your name has a "v," replace it with the Arabic "f." Arabic also has a different vowel system. Sounds corresponding to the English short vowels are not written. Arabic does have letters that correspond to most long vowels. The long "i" sound does not have an Arabic letter, however, but it can be reproduced by combining the Arabic "a" and "y."
Practice writing your name several times using the Arabic letters that correspond to the English letters you usually use. Arabic script reads from right to left, so you need to write the letters of your name in reverse order, beginning with the first letter at the right margin, and working your way toward the left.
Write your name in Arabic using clear or coloured liquid glue. Sprinkle glitter over your name while the glue is still wet. Brush off extra glitter after the glue has dried, and enjoy seeing your name in sparkly Arabic letters. Alternatively, use markers that have sparkles.
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